On Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken congratulated the Moroccan national team for its historic victory over Portugal and its reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in the history of Arab and African football.
“Africa is making history and taking the lead on and off the field,” Blinken said, in a tweet.
“On the eve of the summit of the leaders of the United States and Africa, I congratulate the Atlas Lions on their victory today. They became the first African and Arab team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup,” he added, adding the hashtag “Dima Morocco.”
Yesterday evening, Morocco defeated Portugal with a free goal, in the “Al-Thumama” stadium in Qatar, in the quarter-finals, achieving an unprecedented Arab-African football achievement.
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The Moroccan national team is the first African team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 2010.
It is also the fourth African team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, after Cameroon 1990, Senegal 2002, and Ghana 2010.